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18 ways to kill your cable TV subscription once and for all

18 Alternatives to Cable TV

In a perfect world, we’d all be able to ditch our cable TV subscriptions for a single app or an affordable device. Sadly, that’s not the world we live in, but there are still plenty of worthwhile alternatives to cable that you should be looking in to if you’re tired of your bill going up every year for some inexplicable reason.

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Business Insider put together a whopping list of 18 devices, apps and services that will help you in your quest dump cable.

You’ll have to go check out their slideshow for the complete list, but we’ve decided to highlight a few of our personal favorites, especially the software and hardware that doesn’t get as much attention as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime (all of which made the list as well).

First up is Sling TV, a $20 monthly package from Dish which includes about a dozen channels: TNT, TBS, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, the Disney Channel, ABC Family, Travel Channel, ESPN, ESPN2 and most recently AMC.

Plex is also a worthwhile addition to your cable-killing collection of software. With Plex, you can access your downloaded videos and music from just about any device in the house, including game consoles and mobile devices. Plus, it comes loaded with popular apps like Vimeo, Dailymotion and Ustream. You can get Plex for $4.99 a month or $149.99 for a lifetime subscription.

Finally, there are no surprises when it comes to hardware suggestions — Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV are your best bets. It’s really a matter of personal preference, but Amazon Fire TV is temporarily on sale for $84, if that sways your decision.

Check out Business Insider for more ways to ditch cable.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.